First quarter Moon ~ challenges and growth

First quarter Moon brings possible times of challenge and growth. Plans made, ideas formulated, goals started about one week ago, around the time of the new Moon, will now come under some scrutiny as we see more clearly what we need to do or change in order to sucessfully continue on. It’s a time of raising our energy a bit to meet any challenge that may come up. There is plenty of energy around luckily with the Mars square Jupiter aspect. This quarter Moon is also a good time for clearing through any kinks in plans that may later lead to disaster. Better to change things now before they have a chance to develop and grow into something too big to alter. I can liken this to my temporarily ailing car, its sounding ‘not quite right’ but if I leave it any longer, it could lead to a huge bill from the mechanics later on.

The Moon in Capricorn will square Sun in Libra, while the Sun is also sitting on a malefic fixed star called Vindemiatrix which rules falsity, disgrace, stealing and wanton folly. According to Robson, Sun/Vindemiatrix rules “worry, depression, unpopular, failure in business, harassed by creditors” so it may be good to check the business fine prints, go over the books, check the accounts are up to date.

All in all, Tuesday, starting off with the quarter Moon, looks to be a bit of a challenging day with Moon going on to square Mercury, Saturn, Juno, Lilith and Venus. Not a good day to begin anything new. We may feel under some sort of test, needing to express ourselves in the way that we want and desire, while seeking to balance that with repsonsibilites and committments, duties, work and fairness.

I drew a tarot card for the quarter Moon – the 5 of wands. This firey card of competition and action very much describes the nature of quarter Moons being times of challenge and times of action. Not a time of giving up, but, taking up the challenge and learning, enjoying and growing from the experience. In the Zen deck, this card is called ‘Totality’ and describes the nature of complete involvement in whatever we are doing. No matter what is happening, living it completely in the moment helps us to learn about our limits, our gifts, our strengths and vitality. In effect, its a wonderful time of inner and outer growth.


First quarter Moon, 11 Sagittarius (4th Sept 2011)

Opening quarter Moon later today in Sagittarius brings awareness to issues that need our attention. In ‘Lunar Shadows II’ by Deitrech Pessin, the theory is that this quarter Moon is bringing awareness to issues that begun at the new Moon about 9 months prior at the same degree and sign. That would have been ideas and plans formulating around 5th December 2010. We now become aware of things that need to change as the light of the Moon increases, bringing increasing awareness of what needs to be done. It can be a time of challenge and crisis, calling for adjustments to be made, but adjustments made now will serve us for the future.

It looks like a good time to make a commitment to our plans and look at how we are of service to others. We are all connected in some way with each other, and putting our best into what we do both for ourselves and for others helps us grow and develop internally. Though there is an expansive Jupitarian energy in the air with Moon in Sagittarius, it may not be a good time to overextend however, things may not be entirely clear at this time or we may be clearing up misunderstandings from the previous Mercury retrograde period. Still, its probably best to wait until Mercury passes Neptune to avoid any illusions or fuzziness in communications. Keep a note of the expansive ideas that may come during this time to apply them a bit later with Mercury back in it’s home domain of Virgo.

This Moon is sextile Juno, sextile Vesta, sextile Saturn, inconjunct Jupiter, trine Lilith and square Venus. The talent triangle with Moon, Vesta, Juno and Saturn suggests ways of how to be of service in our commitments with others. Giving to others, helping others is amongst the best ways to feel connected to the world around us. It produces a feeling of abundance in a world of apparent separation. Our thoughts precede manifestation – feel and be what you would like to see in your world and make a commitment to that and to yourself. Moon in Sag gives the expansive opportunity to think and feel big, optimistic and have unlimited faith in the unknown and the sextile to Saturn helps to bring these expansive ideas to the ground and to manifest reality.

Moon inconjunct Jupiter, adjustments are needed with this quarter Moon as we find and make changes to feel best nurtured in ourselves, seeing what we have faith in, and what we doubt about ourselves, integrating these differing ideas and bringing light to areas filled with doubt, renewing our faith in ourselves.

Interesting aspect of Moon square Venus and trine Lilith. Be careful with money, beware of over indulgence. With Mercury also heading towards a 2nd opposition to Neptune, if possible, it may be wise to keep an eye on the details of any plans, letters, communications, waiting for the opposition to pass by. If not, check the details, trust intuition too. This could also be a lovely time to harness the artistic and futuristic energy of Neptune in Aquarius to create something new, artistic or inventive. The collective unconscious can be tapped into through meditation, see what emerges…



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